Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has confirmed he is “very happy” to be at the club and wants to be part of their effort to keep making history.
Fabinho has been a key player for Liverpool since joining from Monaco in a £39m deal in 2018. The Brazilian has helped the club win the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and Super Cup.
His importance to Liverpool has heightened even more in recent weeks. After Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for a number of months with an ACL injury, Fabinho has dropped into defence to cover for the Dutchman.
Fabinho had his own injury scare recently, but it is not as serious as first thought. He could return after the next international break.
When he does so, he will likely be playing in defence again, rather than his usual midfield role. But he insists he is becoming more and more comfortable at the back.
“It has become increasingly natural,” he told UOL (via Sport Witness). “I already have some games in this position and some moves are getting more automatic. In terms of positioning, I’m getting better and better.
“This communication and leadership you notice mainly when he [Van Dijk] is not on the field. We have other communicative players, like [Jordan] Henderson and [James] Milner, but the coach spoke with the backline and said that we had to learn.
“Maybe it is not my profile or Joe Gomez’s, but we don’t have to be afraid to work hard. Sometimes it’s small things like a second ball, movement in pressure and reaction, things that help the midfielders. It’s something I know I have to improve.”
Fabinho keen for long-term Liverpool stay
The 27-year-old has established himself as a cornerstone of Liverpool’s success ever since his arrival two years ago. Now, he is looking forward to a bright future at Anfield.
Fabinho remains under contract until 2023, having signed a five-year deal when he joined the club. But the Brazilian could even commit his future beyond then.
“I have this [season] and two more years of contract,” he said. “I intend to fulfil these three years and soon see if there is a renewal or not, but my focus today is on Liverpool and I am very happy here.
“I am in a league that is very good to play, very competitive, when you play here you do not want to leave.”
“Liverpool have grown a lot in recent years, we have a strong team that has everything to continue like this and what we are achieving with this group has entered history. We can do more and more and I want to be part of that.”